This is serious. In last week's Viewpoints section of the Wednesday Journal a self-described "caffeine deprived Oak Parker" wrote in complaining about cyclists?#34;yes cyclists?#34;monopolizing the outside chairs at Starbucks on Lake Street both Saturday and Sunday mornings after long group rides.
The drivers who snarl traffic to gawk at a two-car pile up in the far left lane of the expressway turn me from puppy dog happy to alligator irritable in a manner of seconds. Why are people drawn toward blood and guts, crunched steel and smoldering engines, or even the possible collapse of a 15-game divisional lead?
WEB EXTRA! The family of Patricia Quane, a 52-year-old bicyclist killed by a Metra express train at the Longcommon Road crossing in Riverside on Aug. 23, filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County this morning against both Metra and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad.
WEB EXTRA! The Taxman Corp. last night proposed two slightly different plans for Oak Park's downtown superblock, each calling for demolition of the Colt Building and construction of at least 10 new structures.
Intermittent power failures resulting from a wiring problem couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of a sellout crowd at "An Evening on the Orient Express," the Preview Party for the 34th Annual Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society ASID Showcase House. The 450 guests toured the Showcase House rooms, decorated by more than 25 members of the American Society of Interior Designers, the adjacent coach house and tents set up throughout the Euclid Avenue property, and enjoyed food, drink and entertainment.
Jennifer Kreyer and Scott Baltsen are pleased to announce their marriage on June 12 at St. Giles Church, with a reception at The Newberry Library in Chicago. The bride is the daughter of Lester and Ruth Kreyer of Oak Park. The groom is the son of Richard and Linda Baltsen, also of Oak Park.
Of all those who made a living off the Cold War (nuclear arms dealers, the Republican Party), possibly the person most adversely affected was spy novelist John Le Carré, whose gritty exercises in geopolitical existentialism held a legion of fans in thrall for decades.
Oak Parker Maura Woznica finished college and decided to take a year off. Not unusual for a recent graduate, but Woznica's plans are anything but typical. She's going to Kenya and Bolivia to work in community clinics in small villages, helping serve people in desperate need of health education, AIDS prevention information and care.